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English Language Proficiency Assessment

An English Language Proficiency Assessment measures the proficiency of English Language Learners (ELLs) in four domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All ELLs, grades K-12, must be assessed annually regardless of whether a district receives any Title III or Kansas ESOL-Bilingual funds and regardless of whether or not the student receives specific ESOL services.

2016 ELPA21

A new assessment will be based on the Kansas College and Career Ready Standard for English Language Proficiency adopted in December 2013. For the purpose of assessment development, KSDE is participating in a consortium of 11 states, English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21).
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ELPA21About the consortium and ELPA21's innovative approach to assessing ELLs

2015 Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment

The testing window lasts from early February to the end of April. Districts identify students being tested using the Kansas Individual Data on Students (KIDS) system by uploading a KELPA TEST request. It has not been determined which test will be used. Information will be posted here, on the Assessment Coordinators listserv, and on the ESOL listserv as soon as an assessment is approved.
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KELPA Examiner Training In order to administer the KELPA or KELPA-P, each examiner must complete this set of self-training podcasts well in advance of actual examination dates. If preferred the training is also available on CD by request from pfarrar@ksde.org.
KELPA-P (Placement)PDFInstructions for how to locate and use the short version of KELPA, which one of several approved screening tools to identify English Language Learners.
KSDE-Approved English Language Proficiency ScreenersPDF 
Sample Parent Letter about KELPAPDF 
Sample Parent Letter about KELPA (Spanish version)PDF 
Title III Accountability (AMAOs) Quick ReferencePDF 

Related Links

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(ESOL) Bilingual Education Support Services (Title III) 
English Learners and State Assessments Fact Sheet"Must my English Learners take the state ELA and Math assessments?" Answers to these and other common questions about state assessment requirements for ELLs are updated annually in August.
The Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)  

World Language & ESOL
Program Consultant

Phyllis Farrar
(785) 296-1891
pfarrar@ksde.org

Deputy Commissioner
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142
sesmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951
jscott@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078
jnobo@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Assessment
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325
bfultz@ksde.org

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